By deleting unused Bluetooth devices on your Windows 10 PC, you can keep the list of devices organized. Sometimes you come across devices that you cannot remove. Even if you select the uninstall option, those devices will continue to appear in your device list.
There are several reasons why a Bluetooth device does not disappear from your PC. Fortunately, you can fix most underlying issues yourself to successfully remove a device. We show you some solutions here.
Using Airplane Mode on Windows 10
If you can’t remove a Bluetooth device on your PC, turn on airplane mode and see if you can remove the device. Airplane mode will disconnect your PC from all wireless services, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
To enable airplane mode on your PC:
- Open the Settings app by pressing Windows † l keys simultaneously.
- Select Network & Internet in the Settings window.
- To elect Flight mode from the sidebar on the left.
- Turn on the Flight mode option on the right.
- Remove the Bluetooth device from Settingsas you usually would.
- Turn off airplane mode when the device is removed.
Restart Device Association service
Your PC must use the Device Association Service to remove a paired Bluetooth device. This service usually starts automatically when you turn on your PC, but if it’s not turned on or there’s a problem with it, you’ll have to manually restart the service.
You can use the Services window in Windows 10 to restart that service:
- Open the Run box by pressing Windows † R keys simultaneously.
- Type the following in the Run box and press Enter† services.msc
- Find the Device Link Service in the Services window.
- Right click on the Device Link Service and choose Restarting†
- Try removing your Bluetooth device from the Settings app.
Update your Bluetooth device drivers
One possible reason why you cannot remove a Bluetooth device from your PC is that there is a problem with your device’s drivers. In this case, you can update the drivers for that device and then see if you can uninstall the device.
You do not need to manually search and install the drivers as you can use the Device Manager to automatically find the latest drivers†
- Right click on the Get started menu icon and choose Device Manager†
- Fold the . from Bluetooth menu and find your Bluetooth device.
- Right click on your Bluetooth device and select Update driver†
- To elect Automatic driver search on the next window.
- Wait for the Device Manager to find and install the updated drivers for your device.
- When the drivers are updated, try to remove the device from your PC.
Uninstall the Bluetooth device via Control Panel
There are multiple ways to remove a Bluetooth device in Windows 10. If the Settings method doesn’t work for you, try the Control Panel method and see if that works.
- Open the Get started menu, search for Control paneland select Control panel in the search results.
- Select View devices and printers in the Control Panel. If you don’t see this option, select the View by option in the top right corner and choose Category†
- You will see all your Bluetooth devices on your screen. Find the device you want to remove from your PC.
- Right click on your Bluetooth device and choose Remove device†
- Select Yes in the prompt that appears to remove your device.
Remove the Bluetooth device from Device Manager
Another way to remove a Bluetooth device in Windows 10 is to use the Device Manager. You should use this method if both the settings and the Control Panel method don’t work for you.
- Gaining access to Get started menu, search for Device Managerand select it from the search results.
- Select the Bluetooth menu to see available Bluetooth devices.
- Right click on the device you want to remove and choose Remove device†
- Select Yes in the prompt that opens to confirm your choice.
Using Bluetooth Troubleshooter on Windows 10
Windows 10 has many troubleshooters that you can use to fix various problems on your computer. One of them is a Bluetooth troubleshooter that, as the name suggests, helps you find and fix Bluetooth-related issues on your PC.
Use this troubleshooter to troubleshoot your device, and then you should be able to remove the problematic device from your PC.
- press the Windows † l keys to the . to open Settings app.
- Select Update & Security in the Settings window.
- To elect Resolving problems from the sidebar on the left.
- Select Additional troubleshooters in the right pane.
- Search and select Bluetooth† Then select Run the troubleshooter†
- Wait for the Bluetooth troubleshooter to detect problems with your devices.
Use safe mode to remove the Bluetooth device
If your Bluetooth device still won’t go away, chances are a third party app is the culprit here. In this case, boot your pc in safe mode and then try to remove the problematic device.
When you restart your PC in safe mode, your PC will only load the essential files to run the operating system. This prevents third-party apps from interfering with your tasks.
Remove Stubborn Bluetooth Devices on Windows 10
There are several reasons why you cannot remove a Bluetooth device from your Windows 10 PC. The good thing is that you also have several ways to solve the problem. Let us know in the comments below which method helped you to solve the problem.